Activity to Pick Up at Sutton Brook Superfund Site in Upcoming Days

A wheel wash station will be in place by June 5 and the site will be connected to the South Street sewer line the week of June 9.

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The Environmental Protection Agency continues its work at the Sutton Brook superfund site, and activity is expected to increase of the upcoming days and weeks.

In an update, the EPA said that Tewksbury town officials, contractors and EPA representatives met last week regarding planing, traffic, and safety for the superfund site.

The contractor and Town Engineer will survey the truck route, according to the EPA, in order to identify locations where vegetation should be cut back for safety reasons. In addition, signs for the truck route are being considered in the are of the South Street and Bridge Street intersection, along with the Shawsheen Street and Bridge Street intersection.

"Going forward, the site will be active and regular deliveries of materials, supplies or equipment will continue to occur at a low frequency, including loads of material to construct temporary roads," the EPA said. "At this time, it is expected that transport of fill involving significant truck traffic will begin in late June or early July. When significant truck traffic commences, police presence along the truck route is planned."

A wheel wash station, which is designed to limit the tracking of dirt onto South Street, will be in place by Thursday, the EPA said. Operating hours will be between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

In another effort to limit contamination, the EPA also has a contract in place with a street sweeper who will clean South Street as needed during construction.

Later this summer, the EPA expects that work will occur on the last three Sundays of July in the central portion of the site that is not near any boundaries. Deliveries, however, will not take place on Sundays.

In addition, Saturday work will begin around the same time as Sunday work, continuing into the fall.
Ed B June 02, 2014 at 07:22 AM
About time.... Think about this. If you grew up in South Tewksbury and lived there before they closed the wells on Poplar Ave "the road next to the ELKS" that are less than 1/2 mile from this site. We all drank, bathed our mothers washed us made our baby food with the water that was so contaminated that they had to shut the wells down. Now quite a few of us are living with health problems. And a whole bunch of people that lived in South Tewksbury have died of cancer. I am convinced that it is all cause by those contaminated wells.....
Karyn June 02, 2014 at 12:46 PM
That is unfortunately true, Ed B. Might I add, if it weren't for pioneers like Judy Fittery and more currently Sue Sinclair who heads the TOXIC group and I'm sure others in the fight whose names aren't mentioned we wouldn't even be AT the point we are today. These people fought tenaciously over many years and were responsible for Rocco's dump being put on the EPA's radar as a designated Superfund site. It has been a long road for many and I will be glad to see the clean up completed.
Who Me? June 02, 2014 at 02:44 PM
So true Karyn, I remember when many tried to call Judy Fittery a nut and a "malcontent" Judy's many health issues are "well" documented and there have been many cancers in that area. My only concern is a CAP is not going going to work in a wet land area so I remain uncertain as to how effective the clean up will really be.
Karyn June 02, 2014 at 04:37 PM
I remember that as well quite vividly....I believe our former TM uttered those or similar words at Judy. To me and many others she was the true hero and one to be admired.
Mary June 03, 2014 at 11:02 AM
I remember when they fought so hard to have this dump capped, and I tip my hats to the two of them for pursuing it! Maybe now we can hope for a cleanup that will protect the health for future generations.


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